Tag: Classic Combat

Classic Combat: Holyfield vs Bowe 1

November 13, 1992
👑🇺🇸Evander Holyfield (28-0-0, 22KO) vs 🇺🇸Riddick Bowe (31-0-0, 27KO)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
RING/WBC/WBA/IBF Heavyweight Titles (Holyfield)

PURSES
Holyfield: $5 mil base (17 mil total)
Bowe: $3 mil (5.5 mil total)

Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe (235 lbs) defeats Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield by unanimous decision (117-110, 117-110, 115-112) to take Holyfield’s RING/WBC/WBA/IBF Heavyweight titles.

“…neither man would give ground. By the 10th round Holyfield’s jab and right hand had almost been forgotten. Instead he had taken to loading up and trying to take Bowe out with hard left hooks. But he was hunting a bear with an air rifle. And the bear had a sledgehammer.”
-Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated

Ketchel Pays the Price

Colorized classic photo of Heavyweight Champion 🇺🇸Jack Johnson standing over 🇺🇸Stanley Ketchel after delivering the knockout shot in the twelfth round of their fight in 1909.

It’s said that the fighters agreed to carry the bout the originally scheduled 20 rounds. Ketchel however saw an opportunity in the 12th round and went for the knockout, putting the champion on the canvas. When Johnson rose to his feet, Ketchel closed in, attempting to finish the deal, but found himself on the receiving end of a huge right hand from Johnson which he would not recover from.

“He crossed me and I made him pay for it.”
-Jack Johnson

Colorized by Jordan Singleton

“Fight of the Century” (Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries/109 Year Anniversary)

Fight Of The Century
July 4, 1910
Reno, Nevada

In the 5th defense of his World Heavyweight Title billed as the “Fight of the Century”, 🇺🇸Jack Johnson (53-5-10, 25KO) defeats 🇺🇸Jim Jeffries (19-1-2, 16KO) by TKO in the 15th round scheduled for 45. Continue reading ““Fight of the Century” (Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries/109 Year Anniversary)”